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The third edition of the course "Geometrics Morphometrics in R", January 23th-27th, 2017

PLACE: Facilities of the Centre de Restauració i Interpretació Paleontologica, Els Hostalets de Pierola, Barcelona (Spain).

Concepts in geometric morphometrics will be taught using a series of original data sets and working in R for solving a series of tasks. The course will start with an introduction to R and will rapidly go into shape analysis with measurements, landmark data and outlines. The participants are welcome to bring their own data and problems so that we may find R solutions.

This is not an introductory course to Geometric Morphometrics, therefore basic knowledge of Multivariate Statistics, R and Geometric Morphometric is recommended.

Registration and more info: http://www.transmittingscience.org/courses/geometric-morphometrics/geometric-morphometrics-r/

PROGRAM: http://www.transmittingscience.org/courses/geometric-morphometrics/geometric-morphometrics-r/#program

This course is organized by Transmitting Science, the Institut Català de Paleontologia and the Centre de Restauració i Interpretació Paleontologica.


9th Symposium of Morphometrics and Evolution of Forms (SMEF9), June 1st and 2nd 2016
Held at the Paris Museum on June 1st and 2nd 2016.

Website (in French). Second circular.

This symposium aims at favouring exchanges among practitioners of morphometrics in various biological sciences, including evolutionary biology, developmental biology, bioarcheology, systematics, palaeontology and ecology. Beyond methodological aspects, it is aimed at all scientists interested in the quantification and study of biological forms.

Registration deadline is April 15.

This symposium is free of fees and open to all provided registration and in the limit of available places. Lunch are included for registered attendees.

Communications will be in the form of short talks (10' + 5' for questions) or posters. The main language has traditionally been French, but communications in English are also welcome.

Advanced course Geometric Morphometrics and Phylogeny, September 12-16, Barcelona.
The 7th edition of the course GEOMETRIC MORPHOMETRICS AND PHYLOGENY has open registration.

GRANTS: Thanks to the donations of former participants, this year there is a place for free at the course for PhD students. If you want to apply please send an e-mail to grants@transmittingscience.org including: 1- Full name and country, 2- Short project (maximum 300 words), 3- Letter of your advisor stating if you have any grant to develop your PhD. Deadline: March 31st.

INSTRUCTOR: Prof. Chris Klingenberg (University of Manchester, UK).

DATES: September 12th - 16th, 2016.

Course webpage: http://www.transmittingscience.org/courses/gm/gm-and-phylogeny/

PLACE: Facilities of the Centre of Restauració i Interpretació Paleontologica, Els Hostalets de Pierola, Barcelona (Spain).

PROGRAM,

  1. Phylogeny, trees and phylogenetic reasoning.
  2. Brief review of geometric morphometrics (Procrustes fit, PCA, etc.).
  3. Mapping traits onto phylogenies: squared-change parsimony.
  4. Practice: making/editing Nexus files, mapping morphometric data onto the tree (Mesquite, MorphoJ).
  5. Phylogenetic signal, morphometric traits and estimating phylogeny.
  6. Comparative methods: independent contrasts.
  7. Application in morphometrics: evolutionary allometry and size correction.
  8. Practice: comparative methods (MorphoJ).
  9. Application of comparative methods: morphological integration.
  10. Multi-level analyses of integration: inferring evolutionary mechanisms.
  11. Application of comparative methods: partial least squares (ecomorphology, etc.).
  12. Practice; comparative methods (cont.).
  13. Morphometrics, phylogenies and qualitative characters.
  14. Disparity and diversification.
  15. Presentations of group work.

    Organized by: Transmitting Science, the Institut Catalá de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont and the Council of Hostalets de Pierola.

PhD course: "Geometric Morphometrics Using R". Lund University, 9-13 May 2016

Info @: http://www.biology.lu.se/education/phd-studies/phd-courses/phenomics-geometric-morphometrics-using-r

Description: The analysis of organismal shape is central to many questions in ecology and evolution. This course aims at providing an introduction to the theory and methods of geometric morphometrics for analyzing variation in shape and its covariation with other variables. It will provide an overview of the theory underlying the quantification of shape using landmark methods, and a practical guide to data acquisition, standardization for obtaining shape variables, statistical treatment of shape variation and visualization of the results in the R language for statistical programming.

Content: The course will include both theoretical and practical sessions. During the theoretical session we will provide a comprehensive introduction to the methods of landmark-based geometric morphometrics, which aims at providing the participants with a solid theoretical background for understanding the procedures used in shape data analysis. Practical sessions will include worked examples of data acquisition, standardization and statistical analysis, giving the participants the opportunity to gain practical experience in the treatment of shape data using the R package geomorphic and other statistical routines in R. We will provide an example dataset, but we encourage the participants to bring their own data for treatment.

The course is organised by: Dean Adams, Mike Collyer, and Antigone Kaliontzopoulou. GENECO Course host: Johan Hollander, Lund University

Application: Please apply by email to: Johan.Hollander@biol.lu.se. Deadline: 4 March. A first come, first serve, principle applies.

From Phenotype to Genotype: The Genetic Bases of Shape - 3rd Edition September 6-9, 2016.

Instructors: Dr. Neus Martínez-Abadías (Centre for Genomic Regulation, Spain) and Dr. Nicolas Navarro (École Pratique des Hautes Études, France).

Site: Premises of Sabadell of the Institut Catalá de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont (Barcelona, Spain).

Course Webpage: http://www.transmittingscience.org/courses/gen/quant-gen-shape/

This course will provide a basic introduction to geometric morphometric analyses, with an emphasis on using this tool kit to address questions related to growth, development, and evolution. Simple characterizations of multivariate ontogeny will give way to more complicated methods for visualizing and comparing different patterns of growth and development.

From here, we will take up the idea of changes in ontogeny as a mechanism for producing evolutionary change. Using landmark data, it is possible to address many of the issues related to evolutionary development, but it will also become clear that the basic formulation of traditional evo-devo models lose relevance in the complex datasets available through modern digitisation and morphometric analysis.

We will end by discussing the difficulties and misconceptions in interpreting morphometric analyses of ontogeny, and introduce some of the advanced topics in ontogeny that morphometricians are beginning to address.

This course is co-organized by Transmitting Science and the Institut Catalá de Paleontologia M. Crusafont. Place are limited and will be covered by strict registration order.


II Iberian Symposium on Geometric Morphometrics, Madrid (Spain) 9th-10th of June, 2016

Information at the Symposium webpage: http://2isgm.transmittingscience.org/

The II ISGM is being organized by the Transmitting Science, The Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, and the Institut Català de Paleontologia M. C. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to send an e-mail to the address 2isgm@transmittingscience.org


STUDYING ONTOGENY AT DIFFERENT LEVELS USING GEOMETRIC MORPHOMETRICS - 3rd edition, May 30th - June 1st, 2016

Instructor: Dr. Kieran McNulty (University of Minnesota, USA).

Site: Premises of Sabadell of the Institut Catalá de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont (Barcelona, Spain).

Course Webpage: http://www.transmittingscience.org/courses/gm/ontogeny-and-gm/

This course will provide a basic introduction to geometric morphometric analyses, with an emphasis on using this tool kit to address questions related to growth, development, and evolution. Simple characterizations of multivariate ontogeny will give way to more complicated methods for visualizing and comparing different patterns of growth and development. From here, we will take up the idea of changes in ontogeny as a mechanism for producing evolutionary change. Using landmark data, it is possible to address many of the issues related to evolutionary development, but it will also become clear that the basic formulation of traditional evo-devo models lose relevance in the complex datasets available through modern digitisation and morphometric analysis. We will end by discussing the difficulties and misconceptions in interpreting morphometric analyses of ontogeny, and introduce some of the advanced topics in ontogeny that morphometricians are beginning to address.

This course is co-organized by Transmitting Science and the Institut Catalá de Paleontologia M. Crusafont. Place are limited and will be covered by strict registration order.


GEOMETRIC MORPHOMETRICS WITH PLANTS - 2nd edition, May 2-7, 2016

Instructors: Dr. Klingenberg (University of Manchester, UK) and José María Gómez (Estación Experimental de Zonas Áridas de Almerìa, Spain).

PLACE: Els Hostalets de Pierola, Barcelona (Spain).

Organized by: Transmitting Science, the Institut Català de Paleontologia M. C. and the Centre de Restauració i Interpretació Paleontologic.

This course offers a self-contained introduction to geometric morphometrics with a special focus on applications in plant evolution and development. Plant-specific aspects of data acquisition and evaluation are discussed, and the particular possibilities of geometric morphometrics in plants will be highlighted. Lectures about general morphological and developmental characteristics of plants are combined with an introduction to the concepts and techniques of shape analysis. Finally, advanced methods such as regression analyses, modularity tests and comparative phylogenetic analyses are presented. This theoretical basis is complemented by hands-on demonstrations of data collection and analyses. The main focus of the course will be on landmark morphometrics, but a brief introduction and discussion of outline methods and semilandmarks is also provided. If there are participants who already have collected their own data, they are encouraged to bring these data for conducting analyses and discussing results.

More information and registration: http://www.transmittingscience.org/courses/gm/gm-and-plants/



Rohlf medal
The first presentation of the Rohlf Medal was made to Fred L. Bookstein on Monday, October 24, 2011 at Stony Brook University. The 2013 recipient was Paul O'Higgins. The presentation was made on October 24, 2013. The title of his lecture was "The measure of things: pattern, process and morphometry". The 2015 recipient was Benedikt Hallgrímsson. It was presented on October 26, 2015 at Stony Brook University. More information about the awards including photos and links to the videos of the lectures are available here.

Nominations for the 2017 award can be made here - but not until January 2017. Repeat nominations do not need to include the full package of reprints and letters of reccomendation - just a letter making the case for the nominee in 2017.

Tax deductable donations to the Rohlf Medal fund can be made securely through the Stony Brook Foundation website.


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